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Here are the top five road trip essentials

By Country Inn & Suites, 05/28/19, 5:15PM EDT


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As the weather warms across the United States, the promise of colorful scenery and the allure of the open road has us all pondering our next road trip. Whether it’s a family vacation or a tournament across the state, be sure to include these road trip essentials when planning and packing for your adventure. 

1. Road trip buddy
The best experiences are shared experiences – with friends, family, co-workers and teammates. Take turns driving, split gas expenses and have great conversations. You’ll enjoy fun moments and memories you’ll talk and laugh about for years to come.

2. Playlists
No road trip is complete without rocking out to your favorite songs and discovering awesome new ones. Don’t have time to create your own? Check out some playlists from your favorite streaming app. They have hundreds to choose from - some are even based on artist or genre. 

3. Snacks
With long stretches between meals, you’re bound to get hungry. Pack healthy snacks for an extra boost of energy that will keep everyone going. Fruits and mixed nuts are a great choice. Or, pick up protein bars when you stop for gas. Be sure to drink plenty of water, too.

4. Rest stops
Spending all day cooped up in car can get a little uncomfortable at times. Plan rest stops every couple of hours, so everyone can stretch, take a bathroom break and let off steam. 

5. A welcome stay along the way
No matter where you’re headed, make sure you’ve got a comfy place to stay. As the Official Hotel Partner of US Club Soccer, Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson provides players and families with the comforts of home at 460 locations across the United States. Enjoy complimentary, hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a pool where the whole family can play. Have fun and hit the road re-energized for your next destination.

US Club Soccer members save up to 25 percent at Country Inn & Suites. Simply pick a place, book at least three days in advance and get ready for unforgettable family fun. Visit to take advantage of this special offer.


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